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AT&T Will Begin Deploying Its New AWS-3 Spectrum in 2017

January 30, 2015 4:04 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T came away from the FCC’s AWS-3 spectrum auction as the big winner, spending $18.2 billion for what it calls a “near nationwide contiguous 10x10 MHz block.”                         

AWS-3 Auction Results Show AT&T, Verizon, Dish as Big Spenders

January 30, 2015 1:57 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T poured the most money into the auction,...

Update: AWS-3 Auction Ends, Pulls in $44.9 Billion

January 29, 2015 10:00 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

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Report: Google to Sell Phone Plans on Sprint’s, T-Mobile’s Networks

January 21, 2015 5:00 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

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Top Ten from CES 2015: Dish's Sling TV, Unlicensed LTE and More

January 14, 2015 11:15 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

With CES spread out across the Las Vegas Convention Center and at least 5 hotels, it’s natural you may have missed something. Which is why we’d like to present the top 10 from CES 2015.                                          

AWS-3 Auction Bidding Rounds Change Again as $45B Nears

January 8, 2015 3:41 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The FCC today once again altered the bidding rounds structure for its ongoing AWS-3 spectrum auction.                                                                      

AWS-3 Auction Pushes Past $39.5 Billion in Bids

December 2, 2014 11:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s AWS-3 auction keeps chugging along as bids today reached $39.5 billion in the forty-second round. More than $181 million in new bids came in during...                             

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SmartWatch, Episode 29: AWS-3 Auction Approaching $40 Billion

November 26, 2014 10:55 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch, Product Design & Development Editor Melissa Fassbender joins us in marveling at the unfathomable amount of money the FCC's AWS-3 auction has thus far seen in total bids.             

Analyst: As AWS-3 Auction Hits $24B, Dish Soars, T-Mobile Likely Out

November 20, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s AWS-3 auction has rocketed past its $10 billion reserve price and surpassed $24 billion in bids after only five days. The rapid pace at which the auction is climbing helped spur a 10 percent rise in...               

AWS-3 Auction Cruises Well Past Reserve Price

November 19, 2014 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s ongoing AWS-3 auction in four days of bidding has easily passed its $10.5 billion reserve price. Currently in the 16th round of bidding, the auction has already pulled in...        

AWS-3 Auction Tops $2B in First Two Rounds of Bidding

November 13, 2014 3:53 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s auction of 65 MHz of AWS-3 began today and it’s already drawn heavy interest from the 70 approved bidders. Total bids exceeded...                              

Dish Optimistic Sprint, nTelos Fixed-Mobile Trials Will Be “Real Business”

November 5, 2014 12:28 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

During a Tuesday earnings call, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen said those trials and other opportunities have the satellite-TV provider well-positioned for...                                 

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Analysts: AWS-3 Auction is Going to Be a Street Fight

October 21, 2014 10:52 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

In total, 80 potential bidders have submitted both complete and incomplete applications to participate in Auction 97. There are big name and small name players but four competitors stand out from the rest.

Dish Locks Up Joint-Bidding Agreements for AWS-3 Auction

October 2, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish Network is all set for the FCC’s November AWS-3 auction and the satellite provider has inked some joint-bidding agreements as well. According to FCC filings, Dish has signed agreements with Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. As Reuters points out, Dish has indirect ownership in both companies.

FCC Considering New Rules for OTT Video Services: WSJ

September 30, 2014 10:20 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will begin looking into new rules and regulations for Over-The-Top (OTT) video services aimed at providing subscription TV over the internet. As Verizon and Dish Network work to bring online video services to consumers without pay-TV subscriptions, the FCC is considering whether those services should be subject to the same rules as traditional cable and satellite providers.

Report: T-Mobile Rejects Iliad’s Buyout Offer

August 5, 2014 4:13 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile is rejecting Iliad’s surprise bid to buy out the carrier, according to the Wall Street Journal. But Reuters is reporting that Iliad is already reaching out to other investors in an attempt to sweeten the deal. The carrier has reportedly talked with Dish Network, Cox Communications and Charter Communications.

nTelos CEO James Hyde Retires

July 28, 2014 11:16 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

nTelos today announced that CEO James Hyde is retiring effective immediately. The company’s board appointed Director Rodney Dir to serve as president and COO. Board Chairman Michael Huber will “oversee strategic relationships and external communications,” according to a statement.

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Dish, nTelos Expand Fixed Mobile Broadband Service

July 16, 2014 11:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish's Vice President of Wireless David Zufall said that it’s more than a proof of concept since it was built in a way that it could be rolled out nationwide. Dish updated its billing system and adopted procedures for its technicians specifically for the project. “We’re getting significantly greater coverage than you would for a mobile service at 2.5 [GHz],” Zufall said.

Dish Will Bid in the 600 MHz Incentive Auctions

July 10, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The particular language Dish used in its meeting with the FCC, though, indicates the company’s intentions should be taken with a grain of salt. In an FCC filing from August 2013, Dish said it would not “meaningfully participate” in the 2014 H Block auction for 10 MHz of paired spectrum. Dish then went on to win all 176 licenses available in that auction, bidding a total of $1.56 billion.

Report: Verizon Eyeing Dish Network’s Spectrum

June 23, 2014 11:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is interested in buying Dish Network’s spectrum, according to the New York Post. The companies have reportedly held informal talks about a possible deal for Dish’s spectrum holdings. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam in May squashed rumors that Verizon might try to buy Dish but did admit that Dish has some interesting assets.

Report: Sprint, T-Mobile Set $2B Breakup Fee, T-Mobile Name for Combined Co.

June 13, 2014 11:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

CNBC is reporting that Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to a $2 billion breakup fee should their potential merger not go through. The Wall Street Journal had previously reported the breakup fee attached to the merger would be $1 billion. The two companies have also reportedly agreed on T-Mobile as the name for the combined company, lending credibility to reports that T-Mobile CEO John Legere is in line to lead after the merger.

AT&T Adds Wireless Home Phone, Broadband Service to Mobile Share

May 22, 2014 12:13 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T today announced its Wireless Home Phone & Internet service is opening up for nationwide availability. The carrier is allowing customers on a Mobile Share plan with 10GB or more to add the service for $30/month. The service starts as a trial in select markets in 2013. AT&T offered wireless home phone service as a $20 monthly add-on for existing Mobile Share plans.

AT&T CFO Talks Video, Regulatory Advantages of Choosing DirecTV Over Dish

May 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

When asked why AT&T went after DirecTV and not Dish Network, AT&T CFO John Stephens said DirecTV had better distribution, content, network, etc. But he also said Dish raised a lot more regulatory red flags. “Dish has been very loud about their intentions to get into broadband,” Stephens said. AT&T feared that potential services overlap and Dish’s plans to use its spectrum for wireless would raise more regulatory concerns.

Verizon CEO Squashes Talk of Dish Network Bid

May 20, 2014 9:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In the wake of AT&T’s $48.5 billion bid for DirecTV, talk immediately sprung up about the possibility of a Verizon Wireless and Dish Network merger. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, speaking at an investor conference, shut that down. McAdam said there have not been any discussions with Dish about a possible tie up but he admitted that Dish has some interesting assets.

AT&T Can Back Out of DirecTV Deal if NFL Rights Not Renewed

May 19, 2014 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T has reserved the right to back out of its planned $48.5 billion deal for DirecTV if the satellite-TV provider can’t or doesn’t renew its “NFL Sunday Ticket” agreement.  AT&T said it will not bring a damages claim against DirecTV so long as it uses “reasonable efforts to obtain such renewal.” DirecTV is facing a steep price hike for the 2015 NFL season, which will jump 40 percent to $1.4 billion.

Dish, nTelos to Launch Fixed LTE Network in July

May 12, 2014 11:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The fixed mobile broadband service nTelos and Dish Network began trials of in 2013 is scheduled for a commercial launch in July. nTelos CEO James Hyde last week said during his company’s earnings call that the regional carrier had re-engaged with Dish following the H Block auction about preparations for phase 2 of the market trial, according to a Seeking Alpha transcript.

Report: T-Mobile Pursues $1B Breakup Fee in Sprint Deal

May 12, 2014 10:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

As Sprint is reportedly moving ahead with its bid for T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom (DT) is reportedly requesting a more than $1 billion breakup fee should regulators block the merger. DT, which owns 67 percent of T-Mobile, is requesting the lucrative safety as well as seeking assurances that the T-Mobile brand and some of its management team would remain in place following the deal, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Dish’s Ergen Ready to Bid on T-Mobile if Sprint Deal Falls Through

May 9, 2014 10:27 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said T-Mobile would have “strategic interest” to his company if Sprint’s rumored bid for the carrier falls through. Ergen said Dish doesn’t have the money to outbid Sprint for T-Mobile, or AT&T for DirecTV for that matter, but added that Dish has to be “well positioned so that no matter what happens” and that he thinks “we're there,” according to Seeking Alpha’s transcript.

Sprint, T-Mobile, Dish Team Up to Plead Low-Band Spectrum Case to FCC

March 26, 2014 10:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint, T-Mobile and Dish Network are teaming up to ensure smaller carriers can get their hands on low-band spectrum. Along with the Competitive Carriers Association and advocacy groups like Public Knowledge, the group is lobbying the FCC to adopt rules in the upcoming 600 MHz auctions that will benefit carriers other than AT&T and Verizon, who together hold the majority of available below-1 GHz spectrum licenses.

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